During 11 years as a Liberal cabinet minister, Marc Lalonde ruthlessly suppressed any hint of disloyalty to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. But last week, after two years in private practice as a Montreal lawyer, Lalonde was back in the public spotlight with an astounding message for party members.
All week the information leaks and criticism mounted. Around the world, friendly governments expressed shock and outrage. In the United States itself, even Ronald Reagan loyalists made little attempt to conceal their disapproval, and congressmen of both parties demanded a public accounting.
The damning letter contained only six short paragraphs, but it mentioned the New Democratic Party three times. Five prominent Liberals, including Quebec Senator Pierre De Bané, signed their names last week under the letterhead of “Review 86,” a group that is trying to explain to party members why they should replace John Turner as leader.
The exclusive $200-a-plate blacktie dinner in a private salon at Montreal’s posh Ritz Carleton Hotel was billed as a fund-raising event for a Canadian literary foundation. But the presence of certain guests ensured that political gossip would be part of the after-dinner conversation.By BRUCE WALLACE6 min
The series of high-level meetings is expected to take place late this week in a downtown Toronto hotel conference room. The exclusive audience will include some of Canada’s wealthiest and most powerful business leaders. And they will spend the day listening to senior executives of New York City-based Drexel Burnham Lambert—the most controversial and feared investment bank in the United States—describe their plans to open an office in Canada.
The first snows have settled on many Canadian communities, and natural gas furnaces across the country have fired up to combat the chill. But the coming winter will be an uncertain one for Canadian gas consumers as they begin to feel the impact of a far-reaching gas-pricing agreement concluded last month between federal Energy Minister Marcel Masse and his counterpart in Alberta, Neil Webber.
It is Western Europe’s most important river, a scenic highway 1,335 km long which touches Switzerland, France, West Germany and the Netherlands before discharging its waters into the North Sea. But during the past two weeks the storied Rhine River has been a conduit for up to 30 tons of deadly poisons.
The world of pop music can be roughly divided into those who have attended a Bruce Springsteen concert and those who have not. The initiated tend to regard Springsteen as rock ’n’ roll’s secular saint-poet, prophet and folk hero for several generations at once.
Once again hostages were freed by their kidnappers in Lebanon last week, and once again a Western government insisted, against all evidence, that it had not traded away anything in return. The hostages were French citizens Camille Sontag, 85, and Marcel Coudari, 54, who were handed over to Syrian authorities and flown on to Paris.
It was July, 1968. On Toronto’s Yorkville Avenue, then the heart of the city’s 1960s counterculture, police tried to disperse the dozens of young demonstrators who had gathered to protest a two-year prison sentence imposed by a U.S. court on pediatrician and author Dr. Benjamin Spock for his anti-Vietnam War efforts in assisting draft dodgers.
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